During a great Valentine’s night with my significant other, Mario (there hasn’t been a day or night where things aren’t great since we started our relationship, and Valentine’s Day was, as well, awesome) we were talking – among other things – about the trips that we’ve made and the ones that are to come. Egypt was in the topic, which yesterday reminded me about the last – but not least – post that I had to write about our week in Egypt.
I think that it was my mother who emphatically told me not to miss a meeting with the Bedouins, since I was going to Egypt – as most things down there have this mystical “something” that characterized them – spend a day among them was a MUST. We had signed up for an adventure day with the Bedouins, full of camel, horse and buggy ride, a visit to a Bedouin village and a proper Bedouin meal which, so far, had been the best meal during the whole trip. According to our guide, Bedouin means “the one who lives in the desert”; and they are nomads that, indeed, live in the desert and they come from different countries likes Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Irak, Egypt, among others. They are organized in tribes that speak the Badawi language, and they consider themselves as descendants of the Arabian people.
As stated in history, during the times of Mahomet, the Bedouins were divided in families but with a strong blood connection, transmitted through the father. Nowadays is a little different: although they still live in tribes, they were granted full social credentials, and now they can vote, go to school and participate in a full civic life. Some Bedouins have become doctors, lawyers and engineers; and they have also representation in the Egyptian National Parliament. Some tribes have taken advantage of the growing tourism in the region, so they work together with the agencies showing how is living as a Bedouin, selling their craftwork, food and so on.
The history behind all of it is really fascinating, but our guide didn’t gave us any time to alone with the Bedouins, in order to have a more interesting approach ; neither the rides on the Buggys and QUADs or on the camel and horse were what I was expecting. I was hoping to have a full adventure immerse in the Bedouin life for one whole day, but it wasn’t the case. Now the best part of that day was the food… OMG it was AWESOME; so delicious and tasty: the meat, the bread and the humus had made my day that moment. Or maybe I was so hungry that I didn’t care about anything else, just the food that I was eating. After such a great meal, we enjoyed three great shows and a very beautiful [live] image of the moon with a telescope. It was so neat and sharp and bright; very detailed and just amazing.
We returned to the hotel quite satisfied and happy about the whole Egyptian experience. We were also a little bit sad about coming back to the Netherlands during the coldest days, because just at our arrival the Siberian winter started.